Hotelier Ian Schrager, artist Marc Quinn, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist are put in the spotlight in SHOWstudio’s second series of iconic ‘In Your Face’ interviews. The project, created this time with the new Miami Beach EDITION, celebrates the hotel’s Art Basel Miami Beach launch in typically challenging style.
SHOWstudio has got to be one of my favourite real and virtual places on the planet, consistently challenging assumptions about fashion – its image and its craft – since the site was set up by Nick Knight 14 years ago.
‘In Your Face’ has sought to replace the coaxing, pandering approach that is the staple of most art and fashion journalism (read almost any interview with Kim Kardashian) with something altogether more pithy. Each interview is a living portrait, carefully framed by Knight. The crop is designed to be intimate and tightly focussed; Knight’s approach traces the interior life of the subject, offering unparalleled insight into his or her work.
The first series of ‘In Your Face’ featured French philosopher Bernard Henri Levy, Dinos Chapman, Yoko Ono and Vito Acconci. This time around, Hotelier Ian Schrager talks about the American dream, artist Marc Quinn opens up about his blood sculptures, acclaimed curator and interviewer Hans Ulrich Obrist has the camera turned on him, Turner Prize winner Martin Creed asks what is the point of it all and artist and model Phoebe Collings-James describes her take on feminism. Designer John Pawson, artist Aaron Young, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, ‘internet’ artist Ryder Ripps and performance artist Marina Abramovic also contribute.
‘I was always impressed by the directness of the interviews on the BBC in the 1960s,’ says Knight, of his style. ‘They were informed and intelligent and they asked difficult questions. Their visual delivery was as straightforward as the questions. In this series of interviews, I wanted to take that directness further. When you look into someone’s face, it is all the thousands of little facial movements that create a portrait of that person.’
Almost literally, for interviewees, there is no place to hide; the camera is so close that the face fills the screen, revealing every passing thought, every change of emotion and every blink of the eye. It’s almost claustrophobic. The result? An an intense living portrait of people with strong opinions and challenging thoughts.
Echoing the portraits, the conversations position interviewer Carrie Scott against interviewee where questions lead to an intimate discussion with some of the 21st century’s most powerful minds. The interviews were shot on location at the Miami Beach EDITION, Ian Schrager’s first foray into Miami Beach since the launch of the seminal Delano 17 years ago.
See all the interviews here: http://showstudio.com/project/in_your_face_interviews